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Spirit Airlines announces new Caribbean routes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N670NK  (msn 7106) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 403637.

Spirit Airlines has announced it will again grow in the Caribbean. On April 12, 2018, Spirit started to connect Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) with Cap-Haïtien International Airport (CAP) in Haiti’s second largest city. This new flight marks the second destination for Spirit in Haiti, complementing existing service to Port-au-Prince (PAP).

Additionally, low fare flights to St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) resume on May 5, 2018 as recovery continues and tourism opportunities grow after the impact of last year’s hurricanes. Spirit will also connect South Florida to St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX), Spirit’s second destination in the U.S. Virgin Islands, starting on May 24, 2018.

Spirit’s commitment to expansion in the Caribbean also includes expanded seasonal daily service from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston, Jamaica.

Caribbean service expansion / resumption:

Routes: Start Date Frequency
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to/from
Cap-Haïtien, Haiti (CAP) April 12, 2018 3x weekly, year-round
Kingston, Jamaica (KIN) April 12, 2018 Daily, seasonal
St. Maarten (SXM) May 5, 2018 Saturdays, year-round
St. Croix (STX) May 24, 2018 3x weekly, year-round

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Wizz Air expands operations at Vienna

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXD (msn 7032) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 938323.

Wizz Air has announced a major expansion of its Vienna operations. Following the base establishment with three aircraft this year, Wizz will deploy two additional Airbus A321s at Vienna Airport by March 2019, growing its annual capacity to over 2 million seats on sale.

Wizz’s offer from Austria will include nine new routes from Vienna to Nice in France, Keflavik (Reykjavik) in Iceland, Catania and Milan in Italy, Lisbon in Portugal, Madrid in Spain, Malmo and Stockholm Skavsta in Sweden, and Kharkiv in Ukraine. The newest WIZZ services will commence in February and March 2019.

WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM VIENNA

Destination Days Starts Fares From**
Catania Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 23 February 2019 29.99€
Kharkiv Wednesday, Sunday

(Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 23 March 2019)

25 November 2018 29.99€
Lisbon Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 22 February 2019 39.99€
Madrid Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

(daily from 22 March 2019)

23 February 2019 29.99€
Malmo Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 22 March 2019 19.99€
Milan Malpensa Daily 22 February 2019 19.99€
Nice Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 22 February 2019 29.99€
Reykjavik Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 23 March 2019 49.99€
Stockholm Skavsta Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 22 March 2019 19.99€

**one-way, including taxes and non-optional charges

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Spirit Airlines reports fourth quarter and full year 2017 results

Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N664NK  (msn 7021) FLL (Andy Cripps). Image: 936347.

Spirit Airlines, Inc. reported its fourth quarter and full year 2017 financial results.

  • GAAP net income for the fourth quarter 2017 was $250.3 million ($3.63 per diluted share).  GAAP net income for the fourth quarter 2017 included a one-time non-cash $199.3 million tax credit1. Excluding the one-time tax credit and special items2, net income for the fourth quarter 2017 was $50.4 million ($0.73 per diluted share)3.
  • GAAP net income for the full year 2017 was $420.6 million ($6.06 per diluted share) which included the one-time tax credit1. Excluding the one-time tax credit and special items2, net income for the full year 2017 was $230.8 million ($3.33 per diluted share)3.
  • GAAP operating margin for the fourth quarter 2017 was 13.9 percent, or 13.4 percent excluding special items2.
  • GAAP operating margin for the full year 2017 was 14.7 percent, or 15.2 percent excluding special items2.
  • Spirit ended 2017 with unrestricted cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of $901.8 million.

“I want to thank the Spirit family for their contributions throughout 2017.  Together, we overcame several major operational challenges while still delivering a record on-time performance,” said Robert Fornaro, Spirit’s Chief Executive Officer. “Looking ahead to 2018, we are focused on finalizing a deal with our pilots union, improving upon our operational reliability, continuing to enhance our guest experience, and delivering earnings growth for our shareholders.”

Revenue Performance
For the fourth quarter 2017, Spirit’s total operating revenue was $667.0 million, an increase of 15.3 percent compared to the fourth quarter 2016, driven by a 10.4 percent increase in flight volume.

Total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) for the fourth quarter 2017 decreased 1.8 percent compared to the same period last year, driven by a 2.2 percent decrease in operating yields.

On a per passenger flight segment basis, total revenue for the fourth quarter 2017 increased 1.1 percent year over year to $109.34 driven by non-ticket revenue per passenger flight segment increasing 3.8 percent to $53.91, partially offset by ticket revenue per passenger flight segment decreasing 1.4 percent to $55.43.

Cost Performance
For the fourth quarter 2017, total GAAP operating expense, including special items credit of $3.0 million2, increased 16.5 percent, or $81.4 million, year over year to $574.5 million.  Adjusted operating expense for the fourth quarter 2017 increased 19.2 percent, or $93.1 million to $577.5 million4. The year-over-year increase in both GAAP and adjusted operating expense was primarily driven by an increase in flight volume; higher other operating expense, partially driven by increased ground handling rates; higher depreciation and amortization expense; and higher fuel rates.

Aircraft fuel expense increased in the fourth quarter 2017 by 38.5 percent, or $48.7 million, compared to the same period last year, due to a 20.1 percent increase in the cost of fuel per gallon and a 15.5 percent increase in fuel gallons consumed.

Spirit reported fourth quarter 2017 cost per available seat mile (“ASM”), excluding special items and fuel (“Adjusted CASM ex-fuel”), of 5.20 cents4, a decrease of 4.4 percent compared to the same period last year.   The decrease year over year was primarily driven by lower aircraft rent and salaries, wages, and benefits per ASM, partially offset by higher depreciation and amortization per ASM.

“For the full year 2017, our team delivered an adjusted CASM ex-fuel of 5.51 cents, up 1.1 percent year over year.  This was an admirable performance considering the hurricanes and other disruptions this year,” said Ted Christie, Spirit’s President and Chief Financial Officer.  “Should the tentative agreement with our pilots be ratified, we will gain tools that will allow us to further improve our operational reliability and drive efficiencies, which gives us confidence that we will be able to maintain or grow our relative cost advantage.”

Labor
Spirit and its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, reached a tentative agreement in January 2018 with the assistance of the National Mediation Board.  The tentative agreement is subject to ratification.

Fleet
Spirit took delivery of four new A321ceo aircraft and two new A320ceo aircraft and returned one leased A321ceo aircraft during the fourth quarter 2017, ending the quarter with 112 aircraft in its fleet.

Share Repurchase
During the fourth quarter and full year 2017, Spirit returned approximately $45 million to shareholders by repurchasing 1.2 million shares under our share repurchase program.

Recent New Service Announcements
Columbus, Ohio – Orlando (02/15/2018)
Columbus, Ohio – Fort Lauderdale (02/15/2018)
Columbus, Ohio – Las Vegas (02/15/2018)
Columbus, Ohio – Fort Myers (02/15/2018)**
Columbus, Ohio – Tampa (02/16/2018 )**
Richmond – Orlando (03/15/2018)
Richmond – Fort Lauderdale (03/15/2018)
Baltimore – Montego Bay (03/22/2018)
Baltimore – Denver (03/22/2018)
Columbus, Ohio – New Orleans (03/22/2018)*
Fort Lauderdale – Guayaquil, Ecuador (03/22/2018)
Columbus, Ohio – Myrtle Beach (03/23/2018)*
Fort Lauderdale – Cap-Haïtien, Haiti (04/12/2018)
Fort Lauderdale – Seattle (04/12/2018)*
Minneapolis – Myrtle Beach (04/12/2018)*
Orlando – Las Vegas (04/12/2018)
Tampa – Los Angeles (04/12/2018)
Tampa – Las Vegas (04/12/2018)
Seattle – Chicago (04/12/2018)*
Seattle – Dallas/Ft. Worth (04/12/2018)*
Seattle – Minneapolis/St. Paul (04/12/2018)*
Atlantic City – New Orleans (04/13/2018)
Detroit – Portland, Oregon (04/23/2018)*
Detroit – San Diego (04/23/2018)*

* Seasonal Summer Service
** Seasonal Winter Service

Full Year 2017 Highlights

  • As measured by the Department of Transportation, achieved a record high on-time performance
  • Added Hartford; Pittsburgh; Columbus; Richmond; Cap-Haïtien, Haiti; and Guayaquil, Ecuador to its list of destinations
  • Added 17 new Airbus aircraft (6 A320ceos and 11 A321ceos) and 2 used A319 aircraft to its fleet, and returned 2 A321ceo aircraft, ending the year with 112 aircraft.  As of year-end 2017, Spirit’s Fit Fleet™ had an average age of 5.1 years, the youngest fleet of any major U.S. airline
  • Returned approximately $45 million to shareholders by repurchasing approximately 1.2 million shares under our share repurchase program
  • Assisted Guests and employees in various regions affected by major hurricanes.  In addition to monetary donations, Spirit transported over 100,000 pounds of relief supplies in joint efforts with the American Red Cross, Operation Puerto Rico Care Lift, and many other organizations

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Wizz Air increases its fleet at London Luton to 8 aircraft

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXD (msn 7032) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 938323.

Wizz Air, one of the fastest growing airlines in Europe, has announced further expansion at its London Luton base, with the allocation of a further Airbus A321 aircraft to its London Luton fleet in 2018. This addition brings the total number of aircraft allocated at London Luton to eight and the total investment to $860 million.

The additional aircraft takes yearly capacity on WIZZ’s lowest-fare routes from London Luton to 7.4 million seats, representing 23% growth year on year. Wizz Air’s diversified network of 47 destinations from London Luton offers its customers the opportunity to travel to many unique and exciting destinations across 23 countries with fares from as low as GBP 13.99.

Wizz Air is also pleased to announce that it will increase flight frequency on two of its most popular routes. Starting in April, flights to Kiev will operate daily, while flights to Bucharest will increase from 21 to 26 frequencies a week.

WIZZ AIR’S FREQUENCY INCREASES ON EXISTING LUTON ROUTES:

 

Destination Weekly flights From
Kiev 5 to 7 April 19, 2018
Bucharest 21 to 26 April 19, 2018

 

This announcement comes only two months after the airline announced massive expansion of its Luton operations, where it increased the number of allocated aircraft from one to seven and announced eight new routes to Larnaca, Tirana, Tallinn, Bratislava and Lviv, Athens, Keflavik, and Bari. This ongoing rapid expansion demonstrates Wizz Air’s ongoing commitment to the UK, as it continues to deliver some of the most competitive airfares in the market to its customers.

Wizz Air’s sustained growth saw Wizz Air carry more than 5.5 million passengers on its low-fare Luton routes in 2017, an increase of 11% compared to 2016, making Wizz Air the second largest carrier at Luton Airport.

The arrival of the new aircraft will create 42 new local direct jobs, on top of the 180 jobs already created at Luton this year alone.  As a result of Wizz Air’s rapid expansion, Wizz Air is looking for enthusiastic cabin crew to join the WIZZ team and invites those who are interested in a career in aviation to one of several open days where they can find out more about a career with WIZZ.

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Is JetBlue considering adding some Airbus A321LR aircraft to fly to Ireland?

JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N947JB (msn 6448) (Prism) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936368.

JetBlue Airways (New York), according to the Irish Independent, is considering switching some of its Airbus A321 orders to the longer-range A321LR models in order to fly nonstop to Ireland.

Aer Lingus, which is already a partner, has ordered the LR type. Both partners could be transatlantic competitors in the future.

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Spirit Airlines to expand Airbus A321 operations in 2018

Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL N658NK  (msn 6736) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104448.

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) according to Airline Route, in 2018 will expand the number of Airbus A321 routes as more deliveries take place. The carrier will add new A321 routes from Chicago (O’Hare), Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Orlando and Tampa.

The new A321 routes:

Chicago O’Hare – Cancun daily starting on March 15, 2018

Chicago O’Hare – Houston daily from April 12, 2018

Chicago O’Hare – San Diego daily from April 12, 2018

Chicago O’Hare – Seattle/Tacoma daily from April 12, 2018

Chicago O’Hare – Tampa daily from March 15, 2018

Dallas/Ft. Worth – Minneapolis/St. Paul daily from April 12, 2018

Dallas/Ft. Worth – New York (LaGuardia) daily from April 12, 2018

Houston (Bush Intercontinental) – San Diego daily from April 12, 2018

Orlando – Baltimore/Washington daily from March 8, 2018

Tampa – Atlanta daily from April 12, 2018

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Wizz Air signs a MOU for 146 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Wizz Air's first Airbus A321

Wizz Air Holdings Plc, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced on November 15, 2017 that, following a competitive selection process, it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus S.A.S. relating to the purchase of a further 146 Airbus A320neo family aircraft (72 A320neo and 74 A321neo). While deliveries will start in 2022, the bulk of the aircraft will be delivered in 2025 and 2026, following on from the delivery of the 110 Airbus A321neo aircraft ordered by Wizz Air in 2015. Under the Memorandum of Understanding Wizz Air has the right to substitute a number of the A320neo aircraft with the Airbus A321neo and vice versa, depending on its future requirements.

This new order, if approved by Wizz Air’s shareholders, would bring Wizz Air’s outstanding orders with Airbus to 282 aircraft, including also 8 Airbus A320ceo and 18 Airbus A321ceo aircraft, deliveries of which will continue to early 2019, and 110 Airbus A321neo aircraft, deliveries of which are planned to start in 2019 and continue through to the end of 2024.

Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL D-AVXI (HA-LXA) (msn 6848) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 929984.